Mental health awareness in Nigeria is very low, making it difficult for people to access health care Or even acknowledge that they have depression. There is a considerable neglect of mental health issues in the country.
In matters like this, the monitoring spirit behavior of Nigerians can be put to better use.
When you notice a sudden change in behavior of a friend,relative, bae… We need to help them admit they have a problem and also find them appropriate help.
World people will say “he/she needs Jesus” …. Yes, and they need our love and support and they need to see a psychiatrist fast.
Are you experiencing some of the following signs most of the day, nearly every day,for at least 2 weeks, you may be suffering from depression -Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
-Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
-Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
-Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
-Decreased energy or fatigue
-Moving or talking more slowly
-Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
-Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
-Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
-Appetite and/or weight changes. -Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
-Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
PS: No two people are affected the same way by depression and there is no “one-size-fits-all” for treatment. It may take some trial and error to find the treatment that works best for you.
Depression is not a decision, it is a diagnosis. No one “decides” to be miserable. They just don’t have the strength to fight it. A depressed person will rather wallow in self pity and keep fueling the pity party..keep sinking into the dark hole they find themselves in. Their brain tricks them into believing that the state they find themselves is an okay state. Some people will sink deeper and deeper if they are not vigorously shrugged back to reality.
A depressed person will not likely ask for help! Look out for the red flags.
Mental illness, an 800pound gorilla in the room.
A depressed person will not likely ask for help! Look out for the red flags. Often times, A subtle cry…….Silly, aggressive, annoying bbm updates (this is my signature cry for help,lol) Excessive partying,reckless sexual indulgence,attention seeking, withdrawing into one’s shell, loosing interest in what they used to love, e.t.c
Moving on…. if you can catch yourself before you lose yourself, kindly seek help. Confide in a friend, speak up. See a psychiatrist.
If you do notice a friend might be depressed, get them to admit, talk to them. Care for them. Be the “no judging” zone they can run to anytime to seek solace. Do not judge. It isn’t their fault, neither is it the fault of their village people!
Management of depression requires medications and also psychotherapy. And specially for Nigerians, Prayers!
Some depression can be addressed by just psychotherapy (talking to a shrink or support group)
In many cases, anti depressant medications will be required …. See a doctor!! Again. See a doctor!!! Behavioral modifications are necessary
Engaging in activities you love can be helpful.Engaging in activities you love can be helpful.
Exercise. Get moving
Eat foods that stimulate the brain – (Banana, walnut, berries, avocado, apples, e.t.c )
Do not isolate yourself. Stay around loved ones.
And most importantly…. Resist the urge to go on Instablog9ja, Lindaikeji”s, SDK blog to spew vile comments behind private accounts. Inflicting emotional pain on others will not make you feel any better! Brethren, Receive sense!!! If you wish to share your story, Kindly contact me via E- mail [email protected] for anonymous posts. If you want to share on your page, use the hashtag #shareYourStory #breakTheStigma and tag me
If you wish to get a free assessment of your mental health using the “KnowIT” application, designed by The Pinnacle Medical Health Services, Kindly email me and indicate interest. We respect your privacy.